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Kirikou and the Sorceress (1998)

Kirikou et la sorcière (original title)
In a troubled African village, an unusual baby is born.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Doudou Gueye Thiaw ...
Kirikou enfant (voice)
Maimouna N'Diaye ...
La Mère (voice)
Awa Sene Sarr ...
Karaba (voice) (as Awa Sène Sarr)
Robert Liensol ...
Le Sage dans la montagne (voice) (as Robert Lionsol)
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Kirikou jeune homme (voice) (as William Nadylam-Yotnda)
Sebastien Hebrant ...
Kirikou jeune homme (voice) (as Sébastien Hébrant)
Thilombo Lubambu ...
L'Oncle (voice) (as Tshilombo Lubambu)
Marie Augustine Diatta ...
La Femme forte (voice)
Moustapha Diop ...
Fétiche sur le toît (voice) (as Mouhamadou Moustapha Diop)
Isseu Niang ...
La Femme maigre (voice)
Selly Raby Kane ...
La Grande Fille (voice)
Erick Patrick Correa ...
Le Grand Garçon (voice)
Adjoua Barry ...
La Fille moyenne (voice)
Charles Edouard Gomis Correa ...
Le Garçon moyen (voice)
Marie-Louise Shedeye Diiddi ...
La Petite Fille (voice)
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In a little village somewhere in Africa, a boy named Kirikou is born. But he's not a normal boy, because he knows what he wants very well. Also he already can speak and walk. His mother tells him how an evil sorceress has dried up their spring and devoured all males of the village except of one. Hence little Kirikou decides, he will accompany the last warrior to the sorceress. Due to his intrepidity he may be the last hope of the village. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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27 October 2000 (USA)  »

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Budget:

€3,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£2,185 (UK) (3 August 2003)
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1.66 : 1
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Director Trademark: [Michel Ocelot] [silhouettes] In one scene Kirikou's mother is seen as a solid black silhouette backlit by fire; later in the film, Kirikou himself, for the entirety of the underground tunnel scenes, is rendered as a black silhouette with only the whites of his eyes and teeth showing. See more »

Quotes

Karaba's fetishes: Tremble with joy, tremble with fear. For here comes, Karaba. Tremble with joy, tremble with fear. For here is, Karaba!
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Followed by Kirikou et les hommes et les femmes (2012) See more »

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Kirikou
Written by Youssou N'Dour
Performed by Boubacar Mendy (as Bouba Mendy)
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A fascinating animation of an African legend
2 November 2005 | by (São Paulo, Brazil) – See all my reviews

"Kirikou and the Sorceress" (1998 - 71 minutes) is a Franc-Belgian animation of highest quality, based on a Western Africa traditional legend. Written and directed by Michel Ocelot tells the history of Kiriku, a very small boy who already spoke when still in his mother belly. His fate: to face the powerful and evil Karabá sorceress, who dried the water source of his village, swallowed all the men who went to fight her and that still caught all the gold they had. To achieve his goals, Kiriku has to face many dangerous situations and venture for places where only a very small person could enter. At first, his tribe laughs at his small size, delaying to recognize his courage, brightness and wisdom. But Kiriku faces the power of the sorceress and her guardians, while the others can only fell fear of her. Kiriku goes to consult the wise old man of the mountain, who knows the secret of Karabá and, after that, goes to face the terrible sorceress. According to Michel Ocelot his film is a great chance to show to the African people some of their values. The script runs away from the obvious situations, has captivating characters and sound track signed by the Senegalian Yossou N ' Dour. A fascinating story of determination in the fight for freedom.


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